Outgoing Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri says his sacking from Cabinet on Tuesday, January 14, by President Uhuru Kenyatta did not catch him by surprise.
Speaking at Serena Hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon, Kiunjuri said he is certain to remain around politically, promising to react should he be provoked, saying “for every action, there will be a reaction”.
Below is a transcript of a significant section of his speech:
“I take this opportunity to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for giving me the chance of serving in his Cabinet. I have gained immeasurable experience, exposure and have an insider’s view of how the government works.
“The president’s decision has taken me with no surprise. I thank God, I feel relieved.
“I have endured humiliation and only God and my family knows how that made me feel.
“I have given my best in all assignments that I was given, and I am proud of my achievements. I turn my new page knowing that when God closes one door, another opens. In this world, we are born with nothing and depart with nothing. We wield power that never lasts forever.
“To my supporters, do not cry for me. With my experience spanning over 25 years, I am certain to serve the country in other capacities. I am not going anywhere. To my brother, Peter Munya, I wish you the very best. Agriculture is the sure path of the economic well-being of the country.
“For every action, there will be a reaction. You keep it cool, I keep it cool.”